Punk usually drags me into the building like we're in some sort of Canine Weight Pulling competition. I never cut his nails at home, and once I'm at a tournament I always find the quickest softest way (via grass, matting, etc.) to get him into the lanes, but it doesn't matter -- by late Saturday afternoon he is usually bleeding all over the place. He doesn't care...it doesn't affect his performance at all, but it makes me feel bad for him, plus he bleeds all over my shoes, pants, and the mats.
I've tried all sorts of things to prevent it from happening:
- carrying him (haha...he's 38 lbs of wildly squirming borderstaffy)
- wrapping his feet (haha...he burns through those wraps in no time)
- boots (haha...those flew off one at a time every few yards we walked)
- no-pull harness (haha...he backed out of it)
- leash looped under his stomach (haha...it made him leak poop)
I had actually priced out those crate dollies that people use for Conformation shows -- you know the ones, where you put the crate on wheels and pull them into the building? I was going to just wheel Punk right into the run-back area before every race. They're about $100, which is the only reason I didn't have one yet this past weekend.
My teammate Kristie convinced me to try the no-pull harness again (hers was an Easy Walk by Gentle Leader), she said maybe it was that I had the size wrong and/or hadn't tightened it up enough last time. She had a M-L size and let me borrow it.
Well, he almost backed out of it again, even though it was so tight that I worried I would pinch his skin in it when I clipped it shut on him. On a whim, I decided to try putting one leash on the no-pull harness and another one on his collar, and lo and behold -- IT WORKED.
I held the leashes like reins on a horse and toggled back and forth on them. After a few attempts to drag us in, which resulted in him turning himself backwards toward the car, he gave up and heeled along beside me making frustrated staffy-monkey grunts. I told my teammate Todd that it was like shaking up a can of Coke and putting it on a leash...
People made fun of us as we walked around, but I didn't care -- it worked!!!!!!
Later when I got home I realized I could probably just clip one leash to both the collar and the harness at the same time. I'll try that at the next tournament.
Does anybody else have any tricks like this to share?